PUPPYHOOD IS TEMPORARY. Bad habits last a lifetime. The “Puppy Training Behavior Quiz” can help. Can your puppy benefit from Amiable’s House and Obedience Puppy classes or Private Training? Take the “Puppy Training Behavior Quiz” and find out:

  • Is your puppy mastering house training? (or is your puppy training you?)

    Amy’s Briard, CH Weaselle UD in 1979

  • Does excessive chewing, mouthing, nipping, or biting concern you?
  • Do you know how to get your puppy to listen when he isn’t interested in treats?Does your puppy accept being confined or restrained in your absence?
  • Will your puppy ‘leave it’ or ‘drop it’ on command?
  • Is your puppy’s play style appropriate? (or does he get carried away?)
  • Do you know the best way to deal with puppy temper tantrums?

IF YOU ANSWERED “NO” to some of these “Puppy Training Behavior Quiz” questions, or if you just want to learn the easiest, most positive methods for raising the BEST DOG you’ve ever owned, then enrolling in House-Puppy and Obedience Puppy classes is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!





HOW MUCH would your puppy (or adult dog) benefit from the Essential Basics class?

  • When you walk your dog, does he tend to get overly excited, display aggression, pull, sniff, or cross sides?
  • Does your dog listen selectively (tune you out when distracted or hyper)?
  • Are you concerned about your dog’s safety because his recall is unreliable?
  • Would your neighbors, relatives, or friends welcome your dog if he had better manners?
  • Are you frustrated by certain behaviors?

IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” to any of these questions, then it’s time to start polishing your “diamond in the RUFF.”

MAKE IT A PLEASURE TO WALK YOUR DOG. Check out the next starting dates and enroll in our four-week Essential Basics class. It is the easiest way to turn YOUR dog into the dog of your dreams!



WHICH STATEMENT IS TRUE? (based on chapters in Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs by Amy Ammen and Kitty Foth-Regner)

  1. Hyper dogs by their nature are difficult to live with.
  2. The breed of dog and his upbringing determines how hyper he is.
  3. If trained, hyper dogs can morph from being very difficult to control to delightfully responsive.
  4. Hyper dogs must have hours of vigorous exercise to be content.
  5. Drugs are usually the most effective way to get the hyper dog to settle down.
  6. Creating a dog-friendly home means you’ll likely to be too embarrassed to invite people over.
  7. Trick training serves no function other than to make your dog look cute.
  8. Your dog’s ability to compete in organized sports is severely limited by his breed.
  9. Extenuating circumstances such as moving, introducing a new human or animal to the household, traveling, or visits to the vet or groomer are unusually challenging with a hyper dog.
  10. It is better to accept problems or get rid of your dog, rather than trying to resolve them.

Statement #3 is correct — but, I bet you already knew that!”


  1. Hyper dogs are easy to live with when thoroughly trained and adequately exercised
  2. Energy level is commonly individual and can vary greatly even among litter mates
  3. Hyper dogs are extremely responsive to training and make great companions
  4. No dog needs to be exercised for hours daily; if your dog is anxious, stressed or over-active, improve training and management methods
  5. Behavior problems should first be addressed with customized training and management strategies; in addition, medication prescribed by your veterinarian may be recommended
  6. Dog-friendly homes are people friendly too; make creature comforts (dog beds, a crate, toys, etc.) assessable to your dog and inconspicuous to guests
  7. Tricks are great energy-burners, they’re endearing (even to dog haters), and improve communication and control
  8. All dogs – regardless of breed – have more potential than limitations; whether your goal is companionship, obedience competition, freestyle obedience, or agility, start today and have a blast!
  9. Extenuating circumstances can be a challenge REGARDLESS of whether or not a dog is “hyper”
  10. Most of my students find they have a much better dog (easy to live with, listens well, polite with dogs and people) than they ever thought was possible prior to training.

NOT SURE HOW TO PUT THESE STRATEGIES INTO PRACTICE? I can show you how in just one or two private lessons!



(give yourself 1 point if your answer is rarely, 2 points for sometimes, 3 points for usually, 4 points none of your business)


  1. You repeat commands.
  2. You raise your voice to get your dog’s attention.
  3. Your dog ignores you even if you repeat commands and raise your voice.
  4. You use treats, refrain from asking your dog to listen unless there is nothing interesting going on in his vicinity and you make sure your dog is looking at you to ensure obedience.
  5. You greet your dog enthusiastically when you come home.
  6. You wonder if there is a deeper meaning behind why your dog gets excited, barks, or lunges around other dogs, animals or people, or in the car.


  • 6-8 Praiseworthy!
  • 9-12 A little ‘ruff’ around the edges.
  • 13-24 Your dog may be ready to run away from home!

ANSWERS (For more in-depth explanations, see the pages referenced in Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs)

  1. Repeating commands only reduces their meaning; page 38, ‘Establishing a Code of Conduct’
  2. A dog’s hearing is superior to ours. Since your dog can hear you, lower the volume and teach him to listen and understand; page 72 ‘Using Your Voice’
  3. If you fail to enforce commands, your dog will fail to recognize your words as anything more than common chatter; page 46, ‘Super “Sits,” “Stays,” and “Comes”‘
  4. Perfect listening skills by giving commands when your dog least expects them, and know how to enforce commands rather than using bribes; page 5
  5. Ignore your dog for the first 15 minutes of contact when you and your guests enter your home; page 100, ‘Guest Etiquette’
  6. Stop wondering and spend your energy learning how to achieve better control around distractions; page 44 ‘Lifesaving Distractions’

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